Game 80: Blue Jays at Yankees

Happy Fourth of July!

july4th“The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth”

lou gehrig dayToday marks the 70th anniversary of the greatest speech in baseball history. 70 years ago, Lou Gehrig spoke to a crowd of 61,808 at Yankee Stadium. As you know, he was suffering from an unknown disease, which is now known as ALS, but commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Before and during the game today, the Yankees are going to honor Lou Gehrig. Prior to the game, the Yankees will have a video tribute which includes some of today’s players reciting part of the famous speech. During the game, the Yankees will wear 4ALS patches on their jerseys, and the number 4 will be on 1st base. The Yankees will also honor Michael Goldsmith, and ALS sufferer who encouraged MLB to take initiative with ALS.

Happy Birthday George!

Today is also George Steinbrenner’s birthday! I wish him a wonderful birthday, and I hope he feels better. I think some people do not recognize all that George Steinbrenner has done for the Yankees. When he purchased the New York Yankees in 1973 he took a struggling team and quickly transformed it into a championship caliber team. He was selfless in his efforts to improve his team, willing to spend as much as it took to sign a great player, or make a blockbuster trade. George Steinbrenner is also the reason the Yankees are playing in a beautiful, modern, yet traditional new stadium. He always did what was best for his team and what was best for the teams fans. Thank you George.

Here is today’s starting lineup via PeteAbe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, Chien-Ming Wang

Have a great 4th of July and remember Lou Gehrig and remember how much George Steinbrenner has meant to the New York Yankees organization.

Update 3:33
Chien-Ming Wang left the game with a strained shoulder. Just when he was starting to look good…

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